It’s Wednesday the 16th of December 2020 and we’re well and truly on the countdown to Christmas.
Here at Kingsmead, we value reading as one of the most important skills for our students’ social and written development. We have reading lessons integrated into our timetable and every student gets the chance to take books out of the library to devour at home.
However we believe that reading shouldn’t stop when you finish school. Our staff are always finding new books to read for learning and fun. Opening a new novel can be like discovering another world and you can find out so much about yourself and the planet we live on through the power of literature.
In this new blog, we’re going to be sharing a few things about the library and keeping you up to date with the different books we’re excited to read. Hopefully you can find some inspiration for yourself or learn about different stories you never knew were out there.
With no further ado, what am I reading this week?
The Picture of Dorian Gray is Oscar Wilde’s one and only (and very famous) novel. Published in 1890, the story is about Dorian Gray, who lives in Victorian London, making a wicked supernatural deal to preserve his youth and stop him from aging. Instead, a portrait of Dorian Gray painted by his friend starts to age and change in his place whilst Dorian remains visibly the same. Overtime, the picture becomes a horrifying reflection of Dorian’s inner evil -- like a portrait of his soul.
Oscar Wilde is recognized today as a very influential writer in English literature but he was suppressed in his time and his work was even banned for being too graphic and encouraging “corrupting influences.” He also wrote plays and poetry and is celebrated worldwide in modern times for his wondrous scenery and fantastic wit.
I loved The Picture of Dorian Gray and can’t believe I didn’t read it sooner. It’s the perfect Gothic novel and combines frightening imagery with compelling characters and a reflection on what it means to be a good or bad person. Plus at 200 or so pages, it’s not too long either. For one of the all time classics, it remains incredibly readable and relevant to this day.
I rate it 10 creepy changing paintings out of 10.